Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Arca's Chances Are Valley Good

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Arca's Chances Are Valley Good

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Byline: By James Hunter

Julio Arca is set to give Sunderland a boost by returning to action.

The influential midfielder is fit again after recovering from a fractured toe and says he is ready to play against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Arca has played just 45 minutes football since the end of September but he rejoined training last week and is in contention for the trip to The Valley, although he is unlikely to play the full 90 minutes after being out for so long.

Arca said: "Hopefully I will be OK to play on Saturday. If I do play, I do not know how long the gaffer will play me ( maybe 45 minutes or so because I will definitely be tired after eight weeks without training.

"I have had a week of training but it is impossible to get up to full fitness in that time.

"So if I play, I will just try and see for how long I can go on.

"I am looking forward to playing again. I do not know what the gaffer is planning to do this weekend but if he asks me to play then I am ready.

"It has been very difficult watching the team lose when I cannot help them but we are all part of the same team and I have felt the defeats too.

"One player does not make a team but I hope if I play it will give the team and fans a little lift and we can get something against Charlton."

Arca was found to have the fracture at the end of September, just after he had played ( and scored ( in Sunderland's only Premiership win of the season at Middlesbrough.

He was out of action for three weeks before attempting a comeback in the second half of the Tyne-Wear derby in October but that set him back further and since then he has been out for another seven weeks.

He said: "My last full game was against Middlesbrough but then I tried to come back against Newcastle and that was probably not a good idea.

"I wanted to come back and I spoke to the doctors and they thought I would be alright to play, but in the end I do not think it was the best thing for me to do. …

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